Alex Brown & Sons
Alex Brown grew up in North Platte, Nebraska in the late 1800s. As a boy, he would help herd milk cows to the meadows outside town for the day and back again for evening milking. In the early 1900s, Alex operated a livery stable in North Platte and his clients included "Buffalo Bill". He and his family began building a Hereford cowherd on the home place along the South Platte River and registered the -1- brand.
In the 1930s, Alex and his sons Bill, Bob, Joe and Don began putting together rangeland along the Birdwood Creek North of Hershey, near the former rangeland of pioneer cattleman John Bratt. They built their Hereford herd with genetics from CK Ranch in Kansas, Berry Herefords in Wyoming, and Ridder Herefords and Middlesworth Ranch in Nebraska, to name a few.
In 1978, the first Angus were introduced coming from the famous Erdmann Angus Ranch in South Dakota.
Today, Alex Brown's grandson, William "Bud" Brown and his family represent the 3rd, 4th and 5th generations of Browns raising Hereford, Angus and Black White Faced cattle on over 40,000 acres in Lincoln and McPherson counties.